If you spent any time at Another Red Letter Day last Christmas, you know I am a fan of Handel’s Messiah. I posted the lyrics here, which, by the way, are 100% taken from scripture.
This time of year I put it on what ever device I am using and listen through it a number of times, and because it is all scripture, often the words jump off the device and get deep into my heart, demanding response.
On my drive to work yesterday, the I was struck by this bit from Malachi 3:
And He shall purify the sons of Levi. . . that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. ~ Malachi 3:3
Ok – so here’s the thing. We Christians get hung up with the fact that we fall short of God’s grace, and spend wwwwaaaaaaayyyyyyy too much time feeling unworthy.
One of the things the Messiah did in the incarnation, or perhaps I should say in His death and resurrection, was to purify those of us who worship Him.
The sons of Levi were the priests and those responsible for leading the nation in worship.
He came to purify those who worship Him, and for the record, He was completely successful.
He has given us the ability to offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
[At this point we all lift our hands and shout - Hallelujah.]
So what are you going to do with that?
Here’s a thought
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:1-2
He has made us worthy, purified us, so that we can make offerings to Him. And what offering shall we bring? How about our purified selves, ready to live (or die) for Him, and with open minds to the transforming Word of God so that we continue walking down the path toward more and more purification.
Let it be so in me today Lord!
Thanks for stopping in.